Roddick has been one of the stars of tennis even in his worse times, it's good that he will go out in his own time. Though i am sad still. He has had a stellar career that most tennis players admires to match. He is also one of the most honest person on tour he says what he feels and don't try to play people by saying something just to please everyone, what you see is what you get. He might a PR's worst nightmare but he is very entertaining without trying.
* When Andy was a kid, he signed his friend Garrett’s tennis bag. “Keep this,” he said. “One day I’ll be famous.”
* Finished 1999 as main Junior Player
* Andy in 2001 purchased tickets to the finals for all the fans who endured his rain-soaked semifinal victory.
* First Main Draw win was against then world no. 41 Fernando Vicente
* Has won a title for 12 straight since winning his first in 2001
* WOn his first title on CLay and 4 of his first 6 title were on Clay
* Youngest American to be world no. 1 21 yrs and 3 mos.
* biggest jump to world no. 1 from 10 in 2002 to 1 in 2003
* Won the 2004 ESPY for Best Male Tennis Player.
* Ended in the top 10 for 9 straight years streak ended in 2011
* Andy became the first male tennis player to host Saturday Night Live
* First win was against was against Fernando Vicente ranked 41, winning 6-4, 6-0
* First top 10 win was against Pete Sampras then world no. 4 in Miami winning 7-6(2), 6-3
* First win over world no. 1 was against Gustavo Kuerten in Montreal 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-2
* Last match was a loss against Juan Martin del Potro 7-6(1), 6-7(4), 2-6, 4-6
Players Pay Tribute To Roddick
James Blake: “We'll miss Andy a ton. Andy has definitely been very open with guys. He mentored Harrison, Donald, all the practice partners. He'll spend time with all the guys at Davis Cup. He's been great. We're definitely going to miss him.”
Roger Federer: “In my mind, he is a Wimbledon champion, as well, a wonderful ambassador for the game. I'm thankful for everything he's done for the game, especially here for tennis in America. It's not been easy after Agassi and Sampras, [Jim] Courier, [Michael] Chang, [Jimmy] Connors, [John] McEnroe, you name it. I probably forget a bunch of them because you had so many good players in the past. It's been hard for him as well at times. I thought he always did the best he could. That's all you can ask from a guy like Andy.”
Sam Querrey: “He's been my biggest role model the last 10 years playing tennis, watching tennis. He's been a great guy, a great leader to us all. Nice and kind, really generous to the up and comers. For me, for Harrison, for the 18 year olds now, he's just an unbelievable champion, a Hall of Famer, just a great guy, great person for the sport the last 12 years.”
Milos Raonic: “He's done great things. He did a lot for tennis in a part where it was struggling a little bit after [Pete] Sampras and [Andre] Agassi were getting a little bit older, were struggling a little bit. He had a magnificent career. I think he was eight or ten years in the Top 10, which is very impressive. He's done a lot of great things for himself and the sport. It's sad, but I'm sure he has a lot of exciting things to look forward to.”
Jack Sock: “He was a guy I watched growing up a lot, especially when he was winning this tournament, playing really well. I mean, I was just coming up as a junior, so he was definitely a guy I watched and looked up to and idolised. It's definitely going to be a big loss to the tour. He's a great guy, always nice to me. I thought we were friends. I wish him the best after this. Hopefully he can do something here this week, as well.”
Q. Can you speak to Andy Roddick’s retirement.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, I mean, he told me a while ago, last year, that this would be it. He told me again. I was at his house in Austin at the end of the year. You know, we were talking about it.
You know, I was just thinking, Change your mind, Andy, change your mind. But I guess he didn’t, so…
Q. Did you believe him when he told you?
SERENA WILLIAMS: I did. When you don’t want to go out there and do the work to get ready and preparation, it’s tough, you know, so… Really sad.
Q. You two have taken fairly parallel paths. Talk about what it’s been like sharing that journey with Andy.
SERENA WILLIAMS: It’s been great. Ever since I’ve been on tour, it feels like Andy has been there, at least for the most part of it.
@darren_cahill (Darren Cahill): “He started his career the same way he will finish it. Gutsy, loyal, committed, brash, honest and entertaining. Andy Roddick. #respect”
@DwyaneWade: “OH NO say it ain't so… great player but better person @ESPNTennis: Andy Roddick announces he'll retire after 2012 Open”
@Becker_Boris (Boris Becker): “Listen all, I really respect Roddick! Classy, intelligent, funny fighter that gave the game a lot of heart and soul!!!”
@Maheshbhupathi (Mahesh Bhupathi): “Congratulations @andyroddick, you have done both yourself and your sport proud, and I have no doubt you will continue to do so....”
@TommyHaas13 (Tommy Haas): “Just an outstanding career @andyroddick has had, a dream for most of us. It truly was a pleasure competing against you. New chapter baby time ”
@JimmyConnors (Jimmy Connors): “Andy Roddick retiring. A great champion, 10s ambassador, crowd favorite and my friend. You worked hard enough, time to enjoy your life"
@jojomelzer (Jurgen Melzer): “@andyroddick congrats on a great career. All the best for the future. Proud to have shared the court with you! will miss you”
@ryanharrison92 (Ryan Harrison): “Incredible career Andy. Thanks so much for everything you have done for me and all of American tennis. Can't thank you enough#HallOfFame”
@Bryanbrothers (Mike Bryan): “Love ya big man. What a hell of a career! Happy B Day to a future Hall of Famer and great friend.”
@rohanbopanna (Rohan Bopanna): “Sad to see the great @andyroddick announce his retirement. A player with immense talent and true spirit.”
@justingimelstob (Justin Gimelstob): “Congrats 2 @andyroddick on an amazing career, 1st ballot hall of famer, he is an over achiever NOT an underachiever. #fb”
@yvesallegro (Yves Allegro): “Tennis losing a great champion.. All the best to @andyroddick for his last US open and his life after tennis..”
@Bryanbros (Bob Bryan): “Sad to see @andyroddick announce his retirement but excited for him to start his new life. I'm happy to call Andy my f…”
@paul_annacone (Paul Annacone): “Congrats AR. Great career , great life ahead enjoy next chapter well deserved”
@PrakashAmritraj (Prakash Amritraj): “Remember playing dubs w/ @andyroddick at US open juniors in 2000. Man time flys. Congrats bro. U been an inspiration to the globe from day1”
@BjorkmanTennis (Jonas Bjorkman): “Congrats 2 @andyroddick on an amazing career and for being such a good ambassador for the sport. #USOpen”
On winning DC and its overall importance in the discussion for all-time greats
Originally Posted by Orbis
Davis Cup should never have really mattered in the GOAT discussion anyway since it's a team event. If you're talking about the GOAT singles player then you should mainly look at individual results. If some unknown talent came out of some random tiny country (no chance to win DC) and won 20 slams, no one would give a single shit if that player didn't have DC. The fact is, success in DC is largely determined by what country you come from or play for in the first place, which most players haven't had any control over.